Farm efficiency in focus at Soil Association livestock event

Low input production techniques for innovative farming will be examined at next week’s Soil Association National Livestock Event.

Livestock industry leaders will gather at the event, on 23 April near Chard in Somerset, to discuss the latest developments in the sector.

The Soil Association said the one-day event would offer practical solutions for all farmers to improve on farm efficiency. Sponsored by the Woodland Trust, the day will showcase best practice in organic production and “give producers an opportunity to keep up to date with the latest in organic and low-input production techniques”.

Liz Bowles, head of farming at the Soil Association, said: “With the UK organic market looking stronger than for some time and the support for organic farming under the new round of CAP payments, we are seeing growing market opportunities. However, the perennial problem facing the livestock sector remains maintaining margins in a competitive global marketplace, where small changes to supply and demand can have massive impacts on farm gate prices. There is a constant need to focus on efficiency of production, improving quality and ensuring that animal welfare practices are in line with consumer expectations.”

There will also be discussions on ground nutrition, reducing antibiotics, Countryside Stewardship Payments, and sustainable milk production. Delegates will be updated on the Organic Market Report, and the afternoon will feature a panel discussion to help identify what barriers to growth there are in organic livestock product supply chains. A range of speakers will be present, including from The Well Hung Meat Company.

Tickets are available through the Soil Association website:

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